Re: Best mines to visit

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Posted by chuck - a - walla on January 31, 2003 at 21:25:49:

In Reply to: Best mines to visit posted by Lewis Montgomery on January 30, 2003 at 22:21:13:

It sounds like you are bound and determined to explore mines when you visit our country. The biggest safety problem with going in mines is lack of preparation and following some simple rules. Never go by yourself. Make sure some one is out side the shaft. Avoid ladders. Don't play with the timber supports in the mines. Carry at least two sources of light and extra batteries and bulbs.

Several years ago I attended a mine safety meeting presented by the local Mine Search and Rescue group and the BLM. After a lenghty discussion of mine hazards including cave - ins, I asked "how many cave - ins do they encounter each year". The answer was there had not been one in over 30 years. But, that is not to say that you will not encounter one in the next mine you enter. Be careful and think before you act.

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